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How To: Apply for Financial Aid for College

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People encourage students to apply for financial aid to help relieve some of the burden of higher education costs. But, how does one really do that? Find out how to apply for your financial aid and save money with this step-by-step guide.


Step 1: Go to the FASFA website - here

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FASFA, is a form 'completed by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid.' Once you've made it to the homepage, click 'Start Here' to begin setting up your account. *Make sure to check your deadline date based on your state! Find out the day - here.

Step 2: Start An Account

Determine who will be filling out your application. There are two options: 'I am the student' or 'I am the parent..' Select either one based on what is appropriate to your situation.

Step 3: Follow the Aid Application Process

The FASFA website outlines the key steps needed to complete your federal financial aid form. If you get confused or lost in the sauce, refer back to this diagram.

Step 4: Input Your Info

This part might require a little digging. The form will ask several question about you, your parents or legal guardian and your financial status. Once you complete this step, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 5: Get Ya Money Honey

For more information, go to the FASFA application information page. Need more support with your college admissions process?

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